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IN THE GARAGE SAFETY FIRST!
The two biggest factors responsible for accidents and injuries in the garage are carelessness and distractions. Sounds simple, but what does it really mean? Let's get a bit more detailed about these two great hazards to your health.  Carelessness can rear its ugly head in many ways. Not picking up that air hose that's lying on the garage floor, leaving a tool or piece of equipment where it can be tripped over, piling stuff up rather than stowing it properly – these are all examples of carelessness that can cause accidents. The important point here is that all of these hazards can easily be avoided and eliminated by taking the time to be careful rather than careless. Carelessness is a first-person hazard. By that I mean that if you left the hose on the floor or created the hazard, you are the one responsible. But you don't get off that lightly. If someone else created the hazard and you don't do anything to correct and eliminate it, you're still to blame. Distractions, on the other hand, can have shared causes and/or causers. For example, you may be involved working on something and the cell phone rings, which you answer and still continue to work - now there's a distraction. Similarly, you can be immersed and focused on what you're doing, when the kids come running in chasing the dog or some other such distraction pulls your attention away from the task at hand. Sometimes the distraction was caused even before you entered the garage - perhaps and argument with your spouse -- and you proceed to work with it still on your mind. That's a distraction, too, because it's keeping you from totally focusing on what you're doing. And lack of focus leads to accidents. Now I don't want to come off sounding holier than thou, because this is not the case. I've had more than my fair share of cuts, scrapes, bruises, blackened fingernails and burns as a result of working on various vehicles over the years in my garage. Minor injuries are inevitable anytime you're working with tools and on materials that are harder than your own flesh and bone. The thing here is to minimize their occurrence as much as possible and not invite trouble through carelessness or distractions. Injuries don't need any help or encouragement - they'll happen anyway. That being said, there are certain things you should have in your garage to deal with unfortunate events if and when they occur.
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AUGUST 2018